French en Amérique

Published December 12, 2016 by A.J.B. Johnston

The world can work in mysterious ways. Earlier today I had a phone call asking if I might do an interview about Louisbourg and some Acadian history when I’m in Alabama. Quoi? Oui, c’est vrai — parler de la région Atlantique du Canada quand je suis dans le sud des États-Unis.

What’s up is a Canadian documentary film to be produced by TFO. The basic idea is to cover some of the less well known aspects of the “French en Amérique”, such as Mobile, Alabama and New Orleans. Greg Waselkov, an archaeologist I have known for years from the French Colonial Historical Society — we once shared a room together in Senegal during one conference — told the producers that I would be in Fairhope, Alabama while they’re filming in Alabama. So … it seems I’ll get to talk about Louisbourg and Acadie while way down south.

C’est in peu bizarre, je trouve, mais pourquoi pas? J’aime toujours parler de ma forteresse préfée, celle qui s’appelle Louisbourg.

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